Superman: Ride of Steel Reclaims Titleas Top Steel Coaster in the WorldI have to admit that I was glad to see Superman: Ride of Steel take the top spot at this year’s Golden Ticket Awards. Out of the 130 or so roller coasters that I’ve ridden it’s the best! Don’t confuse this Superman coaster with the two clones by the same name at Six Flags Darien Lake and Six Flags America. The S:ROS at Six Flags New England is the complete package. It starts with a 200-foot climb unnervingly close to the Connecticut River. Then you’re treated to a breath-taking 220-foot drop into an underground tunnel.The rest of the ride is non-stop airtime on pretty much every hill. Millennium Force is a great coaster, but I feel it’s overrated. It’s one of the tallest coasters around and as a result, it’s also one of the fastest. It also happens to be at a really popular park, Cedar Point. I think all of these factors add to the hype. But in my opinion, there are many coasters that deliver more thrills, excitement, and overall fun. Coaster Designer ShowdownAs I looked at the top ten steel coasters, I couldn’t help but notice that there were four coasters designed by my favorite designers, Bolliger & Mabillard. B&M practically owned the 90’s. They introduced the first inverted coasters with the Batman clones and made more enjoyable steel loopers than longtime leaders Arrow Dynamics. This side of the millennium, Intamin has emerged with more marquee coasters. Intamin boasts not only the four critically acclaimed coasters on the list below, but also six of the seven tallest coasters in the world. From the 26-story tall Thunder Dolphin in Tokyo to the 450-foot skyscraper Kingda Ka in New Jersey. The last two coasters were designed by Arrow and Morgan. Below is the complete Top 10 Steel Coasters:*=Coasters that I’ve ridden. Golden Ticket Awards – Top Steel Coasters1 Superman: Ride of Steel* – Six Flags New England2 Millennium Force* – Cedar Point3 Magnum XL-200* – Cedar Point4 Nitro* – Six Flags Great Adventure5 Apollo’s Chariot* – Busch Gardens Europe (Williamsburg)6 Expedition GeForce – Holiday Park7 Phantom’s Revenge* – Kennywood8 Montu* – Busch Gardens Africa (Tampa)9 Goliath – Six Flags Over Georgia10 Top Thrill Dragster – Cedar Point What do you think of this year’s winners? Leave a comment below. 2 Responses Anonymous February 3, 2007 I don't think I saw one West Coast Coster on the list. Is this another example of East Coast Bias? It happens at the NCAA for every sport. Reply The Coaster Critic February 5, 2007 It could be an East Coast Bias. I haven't had the chance to get out West and see for myself what you have out there. What coasters do you think are worthy of a top ten spot? X, Tatsu, Goliath, Silver Bullet?It is a bit suspect that California has the most operating roller coasters (71), yet not one of them are good enough for the top ten. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.